Randy Bartels, who has been an assistant professor at CSU for three years, received a Presidential Early Career Award at a White House ceremony on July 27.
Bartels was one of 56 scientists who received the award, and the only one selected from a Colorado university. Bartels was also one of two recipients who were nominated by the Department of Defense.
Bartels works in numerous fields including physics, optics, chemistry and engineering. At CSU, he is the head of the Laboratory for Ultrafast and Nonlinear Optics. The laboratory is currently working on developing optical clocks, which will be 10,000 times faster than atomic clocks.